ByBrandon Sommers, writer at

Nothing is more exciting than epic battle between the forces of good and evil and in the Star Wars universe the lines between the two are drawn so clearly and precisely that even the color of a Lightsaber shows what end of the moral spectrum someone stands on. In A New Hope, Obi Wan tells Luke, “For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire”. The Jedi exemplify all that is good and noble in the universe, while their antithesis — the Sith — embody hate, malice, and pure evil. Unfortunately when you look at it closely this paradigm doesn’t work. The Jedi of the Star Wars universe are consistently shown to engage in behavior that can be called anything but good. The Jedi lie and cheat to further their corrupt agenda and are excused from their actions because the audience is told that they are the heroes of the story. Like Anakin tells Obi Wan in Revenge of the Sith, "From my point of view the Jedi are evil"

Although the Jedi were meant to be the “good guys”, they are consistently shown as dishonest and arrogant in their dealings with others; especially those that they consider to be beneath them.

"Anakin Skywalker = Jar Jar Binks" -Obi Wan Kenobi
"Anakin Skywalker = Jar Jar Binks" -Obi Wan Kenobi

In The Phantom Menace Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn are stranded on the desert planet of Tatooine, and make a bet with the alien Watto for the parts that they need to fix their spaceship (It should be noted that the bet came up only after they failed to control Watto’s mind using the force). When the stakes of the bet are raised contingent upon a the toss of a die, Qui Gon uses the force to control the outcome. This isn’t just a flaw of the prequels either; we see it throughout the originals as well. In A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke Skywalker that, “a young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights. He betrayed and murdered your father”. Now ninety-nine percent of what he said was true, but instead of telling Luke the truth about who his father really is, he lies in order to manipulate Luke into joining him in fighting the Empire. Even if what he said is “true from a certain point of view”, he intentionally gave Luke misleading information to manipulate him into doing what he wanted.

The Jedi Order was supposed to be the guardians of democracy and justice, but a conversation between Padme and Anakin in Attack of the Clones gives insight into what the Jedi really believed. (Yes, there was more to that scene than a monologue on how much Anakin hates sand)

“Anakin: We need a system where the politicians sit down and discuss the problem, agree what’s in the best interest of all people, and then do it.

Padme: That’s exactly what we do. The trouble is that people don’t always agree.

Anakin: Well, then they should be made to.”

In Revenge of the Sith the Jedi Council shows that they agree with Anakin and decide that if Chancelor Palpatine does not give up his power after the end of the Clone War than they must remove him from office by force. Ignore for one minute that Palpatine is in fact the Dark Lord of the Sith: because at this point all the Jedi knew was that he was a corrupt politician. The Jedi Council were supposed to be the guardians of democracy, but when the time came on their principles they staged a full out coup d'etat in order to depose Palpatine.

Let's not forget that time that Obi Wan Kenobi left the man he considered to be a brother screaming in agony being burned to death in a pit of lava. I mean these guys were supposed to be the exemplars of compassion and Obi Wan couldn't take 2 seconds to finish what he started and end it for Anakin?

Yeah, I'd be hating Obi-Wan right about now too
Yeah, I'd be hating Obi-Wan right about now too

This isn't the only time Jedi have resorted to reckless violence in order to solve problems, I Obi Wan cuts of at least two arms during bar fights throughout the saga and the Jedi order as a whole willingly becomes soldiers and generals in the largest war the galaxy has seen in millennia. Did someone say these guys were supposed to be peacekeepers?

If Star Wars wanted to accurately portray a narrative about the struggle between good and evil it would have been important for the “good guys” to do things that were actually good. All we saw about the Jedi in the films was that they had no consistency between what they taught and what they practiced. In the end the movies show what is ultimately a conflict between the bad guys and some other guys who are just as corrupt but only in a different way. Maybe Anakin wasn't as wrong as we thought?


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